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A letter addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart. on the system of war and peace complements in Her Majesty's ships.

BERKELEY, Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinge,, A letter addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart. on the system of war and peace complements in Her Majesty's ships. By the Hon. Capt. Berkeley, R.N. London: J. Ridgway, 1839.

8vo., 21 + (1)pp., recently well bound in linen-backed marbled boards lettered. A very good copy.

First edition.

Berkeley (1788-1867) was a career naval officer, his sea service ending with the command of the Thunderer (84 guns) in 1840-1 in the Mediterranean. "On shore, however, he was closely occupied with naval affairs, and held a seat at the admiralty, with few and comparatively short interruptions, from 1833 to 1857. His longest absence from the board was from 1839 to 1846, when he gave up his seat in consequence of a difference with his colleagues on the subject of sending out men-of-war with the insufficient number of men proposed as a ‘peace complement,’ a practice which, as is now known, placed the English Mediterranean fleet in very serious jeopardy, and in condemnation of which Berkeley published A Letter addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart., on the System of War and Peace Complements in her Majesty's Ships (21 pp. 8vo, 1839)." [DNB]